Jason Kidd talked about player development, the role of Gerald Wallace, the goals in both the draft and free agency, and how he wants to win a championship --this year. in an interview Wednesday afternoon with NetsDaily. The headlines: expect young players to get more minutes "because you have to see who can handle what;" how he believes Gerald Wallace "has has a lot more to give;" how he agrees with Billy King on the needs for the off-season and whether he's seen anyone who's impressed him yet in the draft workouts: "no, not yet." The interview took place just before Kidd threw out the first pitch before Wednesday's Yankee game at the stadium. He spoke more about recruiting assistant coach candidates, saying so far, he had spoken only with Lawrence Frank and Roy Rogers. Here's the transcript... Player development was a big issue for the fans, as well as management and ownership, throughout the season. You've played on veteran teams and young teams. What's your philosophy on developing young players? "I think we have a chance to develop everybody, not just the young players. When you talk about the season, its 82 games, a marathon. You need everyone to pitch in and help. I look forward to developing from the veteran guys to the rookies. You're going to see the young guys play a little bit more than they have in the past because you need to develop them. You also have to see who can handle what. So that's the way I'm going to approach it." Is there an area where you think the development of players already have on the roster can be a big help to the team this year? "You look at the core, they're still young, guys who are still young who've been in the league a little bit. Joe (Johnson) and Deron (Williams) and Gerald (Wallace), these guys they all understand what it takes to win and what it means to work on your game. I'm going to have a head start in the sense that those guys can talk about what they do, how they can help these young players to develop to become better ball players."
Kidd talks development, the draft, Gerald Wallace and the goal of the "gold trophy"
Nets Daily | Jun 20